Are you thinking about visiting a lovely neighborhood in Seattle, Washington? Phinney Ridge might be the place for you. Located in north central Seattle, this area is often associated with Woodland Park Zoo. If you’ve never had a chance to see a Komodo Dragon before, you may want to swing by and treat yourself!
The zoo was originally the land of Guy C. Phinney who was a real estate developer in the 1800s. His estate was bought by the city in 1899 and turned into Woodland Park. In his time, Mr. Phinney put in a trolley from Fremont to the ridge which encouraged more settlers. The ridge, named after Phinney, separates two beautiful lakes: Ballard and Green Lake, and runs north to south. Phinney Ridge is generally defined by the following borders:
1. State Route 99
2. North 80th Street
3. 3rd Avenue N.W.
4. North 50th and Market Streets
This enticing neighborhood has enjoyed increased popularity because family friendly businesses are growing on Phinney and Greenwood Avenues. The area is a nice mix of city energy and that of a quiet neighborhood. Phinney Avenue is an excellent place for a stroll where you will encounter new restaurants, lovely cafes, and boutique shops for some fun window browsing.
Green Lake is a perfect spot to lay out a blanket, have a picnic on the verdant green lawns and get a bit of sunshine. Ballard Lake offers some great boating opportunities and jogging on the paths surrounding it. You may also want to check out Monkeywood! Each year, from Thanksgiving to New Year’s Day, 200-plus colorful LED monkey signs brighten the neighborhood and point out events and bargains at local establishments.
For you non-vegetarians out there, stop by a mouth-watering eatery: Red Mill Burgers. Some residents of the area claim it is the best burger they have ever eaten! That’s a pretty serious claim, so perhaps you should be the judge. Are you a chocoholic? Try Theo Chocolate where you can take an informative tour and, of course, sample some organic dark chocolate. Many samples are available here, without any pressure to purchase the goods.
Phinney Ridge is a marvelous location near downtown Seattle that offers tranquility as well as busier avenues with fun, trendy shops. Come visit and see if it ends up being your favorite spot in the city!
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